Why Go To College? “College graduates can expect to earn an average of 70 percent more during their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. That means that during a 40-year career, the difference in earning is about $1 million!” Source: Overview.com/colleges, 2011
The College Search is a Process Explore the criteria for a good match Academic Environment Major Location & Type of College Admission Standards People Cost
College “To-Do” List for Sophomores & Their Parents Academic Planning - type of diploma Learn about NC’s college prep resources Use online major & career exploration tools Visit college websites for information on admission requirements, campus visits, virtual campus tours & scholarships
College “To-Do” List for Sophomores & Their Parents Use summer months to learn more about careers, develop leadership, or service to community Take the PSAT again in 11 th grade – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)
Targets for Sophomores Core 40 is the minimum diploma for applying to four-year colleges Add rigor: Watch the number of non-academic electives Build reading & vocabulary skills
Targets for Sophomores Research majors & career options Strengthen leadership skills Summer immersion programs: Academic, leadership, wilderness, overseas, etc.
Resources for Students & Parents Guidance counselors & teachers College & Career Fairs College guide books Online resources Summer programs Current students & recent alums
How 4-year Colleges Evaluate Admission Applications o Academic classes taken o Diploma track o Grades o Grade trends / Junior year emphasis o SAT or ACT scores – SEND FROM TESTING AGENCIES! o Rigor of senior schedule
College Major & Career Exploration Summer shadowing Talk to current professionals College and career www.learnmoreindiana.org www.triptocollege.org www.collegeview.com www.mappingyourfuture.org Vocational Schools www.overview.com/colleges/
Favorite Web Resources for Basic Help www.learnmoreindiana.org www.learnmoreindiana.org www.review.com www.review.com www.collegeboard.org www.nacac.net www.nacac.net www.petersons.com www.petersons.com www.act.org/path/parent / www.act.org/path/parent /
Websites with Specific Focus www.collegeconfidential.com – College Planning www.ncaa.org – Athletes www.ncaa.org www.blackexcel.org – African American www.blackexcel.org www.hsf.net – Hispanic www.hsf.net www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco www.commonapp.org – The Common App www.commonapp.org www.fastweb.com – Scholarships www.fastweb.com www.finaid.org – Financial Aid www.finaid.org www.in.gov/ssaci/ - Indiana Financial Aid www.in.gov/ssaci/
NAVIANCE http://connection.naviance.com/northcentral Web-based College Planning System Research possible majors and careers Research colleges & scholarships Get college e-newsletters from Guidance Links to dozens of helpful websites Track the entire college search process REQUIRES VALID E-MAIL ADDRESSES!